Maine Wants To Ban People From Buying Soda And Candy With Food Stamps

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Soft drinks make up about 5 percent of all food stamp purchases, according the the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Joel Saget/AFP/Getty Images)

The state of Maine has asked the federal government to allow the state to ban the purchase of soft drinks and candy with food stamps.

Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson talks with Mary Mayhew, commissioner of Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, about why the state is calling for the ban.

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